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Julian Edelman caught 1-of-3 targets for 13 yards in the Patriots' Week 7 loss to the 49ers.
Edelman spent far more time spiking tablets and his helmet than catching passes in this one. He didn't catch a single pass from Cam Newton before Newton was benched for Jarrett Stidham. He now has seven receptions over the Pats' past three games. Fantasy managers can certainly do better than Edelman in 12-team leagues, and in leagues with shallow benches, he can be dropped for someone with more upside.
Added 9:18 pm (EST)
J. Meyers - WR
Jakobi Meyers caught 4-of-6 targets for 60 yards in the Patriots' Week 7 loss to the 49ers.
Meyers had precisely one reception headed into Week 7, so this came out of nowhere. New England's abominable pass catching group is waiting for someone to emerge as a threat who can separate from coverage, but it's hard to say Meyers will be that guy. Meyers, who had 359 yards on 26 receptions last season, is worth a speculative add in 14-team leagues with multiple flex spots.
Added 9:05 pm (EST)
Damien Harris rushed ten times for 58 yards in the Patriots' Week 7 loss to the 49ers, adding one reception for 12 yards.
Harris is clearly the leading early-down back for New England. If they can ever maintain some semblance of neutral or positive game script, Harris could see upwards of 20 touches as long as Sony Michel remains sidelined. Harris will be a flex option in deeper 12 and 14-team leagues next week against Buffalo.
Added 8:57 pm (EST)
Jarrett Stidham completed 6-of-10 passes for 64 yards and an interception in the Patriots' 33-6 Week 7 loss to the 49ers.
With Stidham in, the Patriots were trying to bleed to clock to a merciful end in the blowout loss. Still, Stidham was jumpy and unsure in the pocket, often firing into double coverage. If there are any answers for the Pats' offensive woes, it's not Stidham. He should only be rostered in deep superflex formats.
Added 8:53 pm (EST)
Cam Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards and three interceptions in the Patriots' 33-6 Week 7 loss to the 49ers, adding five rushes for 19 yards.
Newton was inaccurate all day, continuing a disturbing trend. One has to wonder about the health of his throwing shoulder, which hampered him for his final couple years in Carolina. Jarrett Stidham replaced Newton in the second half with the game decided. New England's offensive struggles aren't entirely his fault: no Patriots pass catcher can separate from coverage, leaving Newton to force throws into tight windows time and again. He'll be a QB2 option next week against the Bills if he gets the start.
Added 8:46 pm (EST)
JaMycal Hasty rushed nine times for 56 yards in the 49ers' Week 7 win against the Patriots, adding one catch for 16 yards.
Hasty, looking as explosive as he did in last week's win against the Rams, gained most of his yards after Jeff Wilson exited with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. Raheem Mostert and Wilson being out for the 49ers would open up early down opportunity for Hasty next week against the Seahawks. He should be treated as a high-end RB3 in Week 8.
Added 8:42 pm (EST)
Keelan Cole caught 1-of-2 targets for 12 yards in the Jaguars' Week 7 loss to the Chargers.
Cole had the most difficult assignment of the receiver group in the slot, but Cole had been settling in as a PPR WR5 aside from last week's outlier 143-yard game. There's simply not enough bankable production to consider Cole a fantasy starter while D.J. Chark is healthy.
Added 8:26 pm (EST)
Laviska Shenault caught 3-of-3 targets for 44 yards in the Jaguars' Week 7 loss to the Chargers.
Shenault added another play to his highlight reel by making multiple defenders miss with unique strength, but it's not enough volume to bank on in standard-sized fantasy leagues for now. His three targets were tied for third on the team behind D.J. Chark (7) and James Robinson (6). Shenault is a worthwhile bench hold in the event that he's utilized more or the offense figures things out. For now, he's a WR5.
Added 8:23 pm (EST)